Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Day 1 PT/OT

Not much more exciting happened today. If you read the Fugly blog that is exciting! Hercules seems like a wonderful horse! I'm glad they found out who owned him last, although I think it's really sad that she took him to the auction and asked to send him to slaughter. Become a friend of his on facebook!! (I made his page, although I also passed on Admin rights to Cathy and Katie :) )
Had my first day of PT today. They stuck electrodes to my knee for 20 minutes. It was the weirdest feeling, like mini-charlie horses. It felt good though! I have lots of work to do in the next three weeks. The muscles in my RT hip are not as strong as they are suppose to be. Mostly due to my lack of using my right knee. (I'm not complaining, I just think it's interesting.) I am going to start to do Pilates to build up my core strength so I can be less one-sided when I ride. I'll start at the hip, then work on the knee.

I read something today that I thought was BRILLIANT!! I wanted to have a saddle fitter come out to see how well Denali's saddle fits, but plastic pad that she uses would just FREAK OUT Denali. When she was out in November, I thought it would be a good idea, but the pad she uses wouldn't work at all. Too much noise for Ms. D. Anyway, back to my brilliant idea. I read somewhere about putting chalk on hte underside of a saddle then riding in it to see if it hits anywhere on the spin. I know it can't tell pressure points, or other things that the saddle fitter could tell you, but it could give a little insigh right? Has anyone tried this?


Anonymous said...

Interesting idea! I think it would be worth a shot. I've ben having saddle fit issues (anybody interested in a 15" FQHB western trail saddle?). *winks*

I hope the PT helps your knee some, and I'm sure the pilates will help your balance, I know (the very little) yoga I do helps a ton.

SO glad that POS was outed! Do you have a link to Herc's page??


Denali said...


There is Herc's link!

SprinklerBandit said...

I've heard good things about the chalk method. You can also use dust or sweat marks, if the chalk isn't handy. Or, if you have a super sensitive horse, she will tell you as soon as you get on that she is NOT HAPPY with the saddle fit. I used sweat and not happy methods this summer.

As for the plastic pad thing, try feeding Denali treats out of a plastic bag. When plastic=yummy, it's suddenly not scary at all.

Denali said...

She's really good about plastic and I can put it all over her body. The thing that gets me worried is the idea of ME sitting in the saddle ontop of her and the scary plastic pad. I'd be afraid that one crinkle and she'd be off.